My Long walk to freedom (and still walking)

These pictures are amazing and lovely. I could not begin to imagine how it must have been during the time in which the apartheid actually happened, but I know it has to be an extremely difficult time for many of the families that experienced it. We have came so far with resolving and working on many issues internationally, but we still have a long way to go.

Africa far and wide

I didn’t realize how much the Apartheid experience had kept me in its clutches until I lived in Mozambique for a number of years. I was 10 years old when they released Mandela. I am now in my mid-thirties. And still to this day, I battle on with the deeply instilled and powerful influence of the apartheid regime.

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Apartheid was not just about black vs. white. The apartheid fundamentalists had a deep understanding that a united nation is a powerful one, but a divided one is weak in the way of bringing change and of challenging a system. For apartheid to be successful, the people needed to be segregated.

I needed to fear, distrust or dislike anyone different to me. I needed to feel superior or inferior. I needed to stick to my own.

But it wasn’t like that to start with. It never is. We all start off with…

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